Czarina Umali asked for the declaration
of state of calamity in Nueva Ecija last
October 17 after Typhoon Karen destroyed
over P1 billion worth of rice crops.
Umali said the
destruction wrought by the typhoon
affected the government's effort to
increase rice production.
Pascua, spokesperson of the Provincial
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Council headed by the governor, said
aside from rice, also destroyed were
P87.7 million worth of vegetables and
other high value crops.
in the province were closed to all types
of vehicles due to flooding or
identified these as the
Laur-Gabaldon Road in Barangay Calabasa,
Bongabon-Laur-Gabaldon Road in Barangay
San Vicente, Palayan-Bongabon Road in
Barangay Sapang Buho and Palayan-Laur
Road in Barangay Sagana.
recorded a typhoon fatality, 60-year old
Heidi Maulino of Barangay General Luna,
Llanera whose house was crushed by a
falling tree at the height of the
typhoon last October 16.
families or 900 residents from different
municipalities were evacuated to safer
places prior to the arrival of the
suspended classes in all levels in
public and private schools and work in
government offices because of the
critical water levels of Upper Pampanga
Rkver in the Laur-Bongabon-Gabaldon
areas, Santor River, Peñaranda River and
other waterways in Talugtog and Cuyapo.
City, Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara praised
private establishments which offered
help to city residents.
were WalterMart, Puregold and Save
state of calamity
cited Save More for lending a power
generator mounted on a truck for use
by the City Disaster Risk Reduction
and Management Office. ###
asks DPWH to help repair dike
Alexander Dauz has asked the Department
of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to
help in the speedy repair of the P6.5
million dike in Barangay San Vicente
which was damaged by Typhoons Karen and
Lawin, to protect lives and properties
in the area.
told Secretary Mark Villar of the
possible collusion of DWPH field men,
certain officials of the Nueva Ecija
Provincial Engineering Office and the
contractor that resulted in the poor
quality of the dike.that was built to
protect Barangays San Vicente, San
Fernando and Siclong.
He said the
project was finished last September but
was unable to hold the water that flowed
down the mountains at the height of
Karen and Lawin, resulting in neck-deep
floodwater covering some 100 hectares of
rice farms in San Vicente.
that the Provincial Engineering Office
set aside P9.5 million additional budget
from the calamity fund to repair the
damaged 300-meter structure and the
addition of another 100 meters to make
the dike more useful.
that the contractor cut the labor cost
from P600 per laborer to only P400
resulting in the poor quality of work.
He said the
project was estimated to cost P2.5
million only because "gabion" was used
-- a practical engineering and
construction technique of piling
boulders and shielding them with a net
to prevent scouring -- so the mayor is
wondering where P6.5 million of the
project's budget went.
The mayor also chided
the Provincial Engineering Office
for not coordinating with the local
government before undertaking the
councilor, driver shot dead
Councilor Sonny San Jose and his
driver were shot dead inside a
fighting cock farm in Barangay Mangino
last October 19.
opposition councilor and his driver,
Antonio Punzal, were inside the
Mini-Game Fowl Farm owned by Roel
Francisco when motorcycle-riding
gunmen entered the compound and
repeatedly shot the victims who died
on the spot.
Peter Madria, city police commander,
said the people in the vicinity
initially thought that the suspects
were policemen out to arrest someone.
suspect first shot Punzal, sending
people at the scene running for cover.
The gunman then ran after San Jose and
repeatedly fired at him.
said the gunman was quoted as saying
"Not all women you can belittle or
trample upon" while firing at the
councilor at close range.
He said the
motives being investigated are politics,
love triangle and business rivalry.
councilor's elder brother, Lauro San
Jose, said authorities should exert
utmost efforts to find the killers
and charge them in court.
affidavit executed at the Gapan
police, Lauro said his brother had
told him that Gapan City Mayor Emerson
Pascual and his father Rodrigo
threatened him with harm verbally and
through text messages.
his brother could barely sleep because
of the many death threats received
allegedly from the Pascuals.
opposition councilors allied with
former Mayor Maricel Natividad-Nagaño
who form the majority in the city
council, have been receiving death
threats, with one allegedly being told
"We will have a sample in one of
Mayor Pascual called his alleged
involvement in the San Jose killing as
farthest from the truth,.
“If I ordered
San Jose’s killing, what would I gain
from it? In the first place, I am not
the one to appoint his replacement.
Secondly, they will remain the majority
in the SP,” Pascual said.
“Also, if I
would order such a dastardly act, why
would I do that in my own backyard
where I would get embarrassed? Common
sense dictates I would do it somewhere
else,” he added
has offered a P200,000 reward for the
identification and arrest of the
His father, Rodrigo, said
the accusations against the mayor were
politically initiated and are attempts
to destroy him through black
barangay chief attacked but
A 44-year old barangay
captain in Jaen was shot and
wounded by two motorcycle-riding men
last October 30.
Supt. Manuel Cornel,
provincial police director, identified
the victim as Wilson Baguisa Santos of
Barangay Santo Tomas North.
The victim was alighting
from his Toyota Innova in front of the
barangay hall at 5:40 P.M. when
attacked. He was hit in the shoulder.
He was rushed to Gonzales
General Hospital in San Leonardo for
The suspects fled towards
the town proper. ###
police intelligence officer shot
A police intelligence
officer was gunned down last October 17,
the second such officer to be killed in
the the province in less than a week.
Supt. Ponciano Zafra,
Cabanatuan City police chief, said the
victim was PO1 Jayson Ramos, 28,
detailed at the intelligence unit of the
Gabaldon municipal police station.
The victim was driving home
to Barangay Bakod aboard his motorcycle
at about 11:30 P.M.when the suspects
shot him, killing him immediately.
The killing of Ramos
followed that of PO3 Michael Juan, 42,
intelligence officer of the San Leonardo
police station, who was killed while on
his way to an anti-drug operation last
Found at the scene of
Ramos' killing were caliber .45 shells
and 13 packets of shabu. ###
barangay kagawad shoots rival over
A 35-year-old barangay
kagawad in Cabiao allegedly shot and
wounded a 44-year-old man after a
fistfight on the night of October 20.
The suspect was identified
as Barangay Kagawad Don Brian Clemente
of Barangay San Juan South, while the
victim was Felino Santiago alias Plo-plo
of Barangay Bagong Buhay.
Investigators said the two
first exchanged blows after a heated
Afterwards, Santiago went
home, took a bolo and proceeded to the
suspect's apartment at 7:40 P.M.
Clemente, after seeing
Santiago coming, armed himself with a
pistol and shot the latter, hitting him
in the abdomen.
The victim was rushed to
Cabiao General Hospital while the
suspect fled aboard his motorcycle.
The angle being looked into
as motive is love triangle.
It was learned that the
suspect's girlfriend, an 18-year-old
girl from Pandayan, Barangay San
Lorenzo, Gapan City is also reportedly
being courted by the victim. ###
The San Isidro branch of
South Star Drugstore chain was robbed of
about P300,000 in cash and other items
Supt. Steven dela Cruz,
town police chief, said the robbery was
discovered when the establishment along
the Gapan-Olongapo Road in Barangay
Poblacion opened at 6:30 A.M.
An employee discovered that
the store's backdoor had been forcibly
An inventory showed that
the robbers carted away assorted items
including the store's sales for one week
amounting to about P300,000.
Investigation showed that
the suspects entered the store by
destroying the roof and ceiling, and the
backdoor padlock before leaving. ###
2 Lupao boys
drown in creek
Two elementary pupils
drowned while bathing in a creek in
Lupao last October 21.
Police identified the
victims as John Rey Rodrigo, 7, and Ian
Mark Capitan, both of Barangay
PO1 Benjamin Dandan,
officer-on-case, said the victims and
their classmates were on their way home
when they decided to bathe in the creek.
The victims wandered to a deep part
where they drowned.
Their bodies were recovered
from the creek and brought to the Lupao
Municipal Health Center where they were
declared dead on arrival. ###
found beside irrigation canal
The body of a man believed
to be a victim of summary execution was
found beside an irrigation canal in
Barangay Caalibangbangan, Cabanatuan
City last October 28.
Supt. Ponciano Zafra, city
police chief, said the body with several
gunshot wounds was found along the
Felipe Vergara Highway in Purok
Embuscado at 6:30 A.M.
The body's face was wrapped
with adhesive tape and the hands and
feet tied with wire.
Recovered was a placard
beside the body with the hand-written
note saying "Tagahatid ng droga,
huwag ako tularan, pusher ako.
SPP", and two plastic sachets of shabu
in the victim's pocket.
The victim was described as
between 30 and 35 years old and wearing
denim pants. Three tattoos were found on
his right shoulder.
Recovered from the scene
was a caliber 9mm. cartridge case. ###
2 men held
for illegal drugs in Aliaga
Two men riding a motorcycle
were arrested at a police checkpoint in
Aliaga after one yielded illegal drugs
and the second tried to prevent his
companion's arrest last October 22.
Sr. Insp. Wilson Kimmayog,
chief of the Provincial Public Safety
Company base in Bucot, Aliaga identified
those arrested as Jess Lugod, 27,
single, driver, of Urban Poor, Pur5ok 9,
Barangay M.S. Garcia, Cabanatuan City
and Ismael España, Jr., 24, back rider,
of Purok 5, Barangay Bungahin, Baler,
The two tried to evade a
police checkpoint in Purok 5, Barangay
Bucot at 4:55 P.M.
Initially, Lugod was
arrested for not stopping at the
checkpoint when he was seen without a
During inspection, a
plastic sachet of illegal drugs was
found on him.
España was arrested after
he prevented the police officers from
arresting Lugod. ###